"Options" as written by and David Shannon Bazan Timothy Walsh....
We were walking, holding hands
With our bare feet in the sand
And the seagulls overhead
When I broke the spell and said

"I could never divorce you
Without a good reason
And though I may never have to
It's good to have options"

But for now, I need you
But for now, I need you
But for now, I need you

But it was only in my head
Because no one ever says
What they really mean to say
When there's so much at stake

So I told her I loved her
And she told me she loved me
And I mostly believed her
And she mostly believed me

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"Options" as written by Timothy Walsh David Shannon Bazan


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    General CommentThis song speaks volumes about relationships. Im sick of hearing about how this song has to do with christianity and that society is to blame for the divorce rate blah blah Enough of the christian rant its annoying. This song brings love back to reality , though we might be in love with someone for awhile we inevitably fall out of love and who is to say we can't leave something that makes us unhappy its human nature it has nothing to with divine intervention.
    jayboi19on January 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentTake this comment as a response to the whole album (Control), one of the most brilliant albums I've heard in ten years. The attitude throughout the whole thing is so mocking and satirical of the "normal" modern way of life, it's refreshing to have someone oppose that in music. Divorce has become such a fallback, marriage not seen as sacred... Why do we need options? Why can't we go back to a time when marriage was forever? This song especially struck me as brilliant while listening to the album. I'd quote a part of it and point out why it's brilliant but I can't pick a line that's better than the others. The whole thing, talking about a "love" that's easy to get out of for convenience's sake. I really hope anyone that listens to this takes the message to heart. It's an important one. Thank you Mr. Bazan for writing such incredible music.
    staygoldon May 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThroughbeingcool...

    The song doesn't end with the husband "needing" his wife. If you read the last line, it implies that while he says he loves her (and she him) their words are hollow and meaningless. Especially in light of the the thoughts that he has in the first portion of the song. He says he loves her because he doesn't have the strength to say otherwise.
    creoleon June 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIn addition to my previous comments, I'd like to say that I had my doubts about this album when I first got it. Some of the elements are a bit much for a "christian" artist. While I realize that David makes no attempt to portray himself as a Christian, or Pedro as a Christian band, the focus of his lyrics and subject matter are crystal clear.

    However, the more I listen to Control, the more I am thankful for a talent such as David's. The insightfulness and brutal honesty are quite refreshing in this world of throwaway pop music. I can always trust Pedro the keep my company in my moments of despair or depression with the knowledge that there IS something better, and indeed life IS meaningful as "Rejoice" laments.
    creoleon June 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think this is as "sweet" as the pedro the lion songs go [which says something for the other songs...]. it describes the modern marraige. divorce has become so inevitable...but the need for marraige and love still nags.

    wow, it's hard to explain pedro the lion songs individually. it's nice to have them as part of a story.
    Dahon July 09, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song... so hard to explain. so hard to explain ANY of his music. maybe i'm being over analyitical when i say this, but i think that "No one ever says what they really mean to say when there's so much at stake. so i told her i loved her." I mean, it's almost like saying that there's no risk in love! which is what the song is about. love has become a "safe" emotion... one where everyone is free to escape (through divorce) but is that really such a good thing? sometimes people need risk.
    many people might interpret this song as another one of bazan's "christian" songs... because of the whole stance it takes on divorce. but at the same time... i really think the song is more about the value of love... and how that has diminished through all the changes society has undergone over the years. and might i just add that while everyone seems to think pedro the lion is a "christian band"... they (or david, i don't know who does it) don't even thank God on their records? Not to say that Pedro doesn't have any songs based around religion... I don't know... i just think that's kind of interesting.
    emo12PUNK12metalon September 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commentumm... I'm pretty sure Be Thou My Vision is about God... being a hymn and all...
    onefridayon October 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwhich is PRECISELY why i said " not to say that Pedro doesn't have any songs base around religion"
    read, people :)
    emo12PUNK12metalon October 14, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"No one ever says what they really mean to say when there's so much at stake. so i told her i loved her."

    i think we all do that way too much (or at least society as a whole)
    this song is beyond brillant.
    rocketqueenzon March 10, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song is one my favourite pedro songs. It i love the end bit:

    so i told her i loved her and she told me she loved me
    and i mostly believed her and she mostly believed me

    i think thats such an amazing (but simple) line. Thats the reason pedro are so good though, because the lyrics are so simple but full of so much at the same time.
    bunnywoombleon June 06, 2003   Link

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